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The “Law And Order Candidate” Has Become The Law And Order President

- August 22, 2017

From Campaign Promise To Presidential Action, President Trump Is Securing The Border And Enforcing Immigration Laws 

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • President Trump ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and 5,000 additional border patrol agents, and his administration declared an end to the Obama-era policy of "catch-and-release."
  • According to figures released earlier this year, illegal immigration had decreased to a 17-year low, and by March 2017, illegal immigration at the southern border had decreased 61 percent since Election Day.
  • Federal immigration sweeps have focused on violent gangs like MS-13, resulting in the apprehension of over 2,700 criminal gang members so far in FY 2017, compared to 2,057 for all of FY 2016.
  • President Trump has issued executive orders and implemented policy changes that enable law enforcement to more effectively enforce the law and stop illegal immigration.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TAKEN STEPS TO INCREASE SECURITY AT THE BORDER AND COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE

President Trump Has Empowered Local And Federal Law Enforcement And Provided Them With Adequate Resources To Protect American Communities

While Campaigning For The Presidency, Donald Trump Declared Himself The "Law And Order Candidate." "'We must maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country, 100 percent,' he said during a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in which he heaped praise upon America's law enforcement officers. 'We will cease to have a country. I am the law and order candidate.'" (Louis Nelson, "Trump: 'I Am The Law And Order Candidate,'" Politico , 7/11/16)

President Trump Directed The Secretary Of Homeland Security To Deputize Local Law Enforcement To Enforce Immigration Laws. "President Trump on Wednesday directed his homeland security secretary to deputize local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws." (Matt Zapotosky, "Trump Wants To Empower Local Police To Enforce Immigration Law, Raising Fears Of Racial Profiling," The Washington Post , 1/26/17)

Less Than One Month Into His Presidency, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Creating A Special Task Force To Develop Policies That Reduce Crime, Illegal Immigration, Drug Trafficking, And Restore Public Safety. "One of the orders, aimed at 'reduc(ing) crime and restor(ing) public safety,' directs Sessions to establish a new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Task Force will develop 'strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime.'" (Laura Jarrett, "Trump Signs Three New Executive Orders On Crime Reduction," CNN , 2/10/17)

The Trump Administration Has Taken Action To Reduce Illegal Immigration By Providing More Resources To The Department Of Homeland Security. "The Trump administration has, indeed, taken action to curb illegal immigration, including providing more resources to the Department of Homeland Security and expanding deportation priorities. In recent weeks, Trump has been touting his administration's deportations of members and associates of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a Central American gang that has been operating in the United States for decades." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "President Trump's Claim That MS-13 Gang Members Are Being Deported 'By The Thousands," The Washington Post , 6/26/17)

President Trump And Attorney General Jeff Sessions Ended The Obama-Era Policy Of "Catch And Release." "Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared 'a new era' in immigration enforcement on Tuesday, saying his prosecutors will try to bring stiffer criminal charges against repeat illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of President Trump's crackdown. Mr. Sessions said his enforcement priorities will end the 'catch and release' practices of the Obama administration and give the Justice Department a more active role in stemming illegal immigration." (Andrea Noble, Trump's Justice Department To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy," The Washington Times , 4/11/17)

  • Catch And Release Policies "Allow Individuals To Be Paroled From Detention While Awaiting Immigration Court Proceedings, Which Can Take Years." "The border security guidance also expands upon ending the so-called 'catch-and-release' policies that allow individuals to be paroled from detention while awaiting immigration court proceedings, which can take years." (Tal Kopan, "DHS Memos Describe Aggressive New Immigration, Border Enforcement Policies," CNN , 2/20/17)
  • According To The Guidance Issued By The Attorney General, Prosecutors Will Prioritize Cases Against Smugglers, Previously Convicted Criminals, And Repeat Offenders. "Prosecutors should prioritize cases against smugglers and should bring felony charges against illegal immigrants who have been removed before and have sneaked back into the U.S. or have other criminal convictions on their records, according to the guidance issued by the attorney general." (Andrea Noble, Trump's Justice Department To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy," The Washington Times , 4/11/17)

Reversing Obama-Era Policies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions Directed Federal Prosecutors To Pursue The Most Serious Charges Possible. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms." ("Jeff Sessions Directs Prosecutors To Pursue Most Serious Charges Against Suspects," The Associated Press , 5/12/17)

  • Sessions Said That The Policy Is Designed To Combat Rising Levels Of Violence Related To Drug Trafficking. "Sessions contends a spike in violence in some big cities and the nation's opioid epidemic show the need for a return to tougher tactics. 'The opioid and heroin epidemic is a contributor to the recent surge of violent crime in America,' Sessions said in remarks prepared for a Thursday speech in Charleston, West Virginia. 'Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can't, and don't, file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.'" ("Jeff Sessions Directs Prosecutors To Pursue Most Serious Charges Against Suspects," The Associated Press , 5/12/17)

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAS FALLEN SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE

Illegal Immigration At The U.S. Southern Border Has Fallen To A Five-Year Low Under President Trump

President Trump Ordered The Hiring Of 10,000 New Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents And 5,000 Additional Border Patrol Agents. "The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 additional border patrol agents." ("Fact Sheet: Donald J. Trump And Attorney General Sessions Stand Up Against Lawless Sanctuary Cities," The White House , 8/16/17)

After President Trump's Election, A Drop In Border Crossings Occurred "Almost Immediately." "After Trump's election, 'we saw the drop in crossings almost immediately,' McAleenan said, adding that migrants thought that immigration enforcement 'has strengthened and intensified.'" (Joshua Partlow, "The 'Trump Effect' Has Showed Illegal U.S. Border Crossings. But For How Long?" The Washington Post , 5/22/17)

The Department Of Homeland Security Released Data Showing That In February 2017, Apprehensions At The Border Declined 60 Percent From November 2016. "The Department of Homeland Security on March 8 released illegal border crossing data that show that in the month of the presidential election, November 2016, border patrol made 47,210 apprehensions. In February 2017, there were 18,762 apprehensions, a 60 percent decline." (Miriam Valverde, "Trump Says Illegal Immigration At Southern Border Is Down 61 Percent Since Election Day," Politifact , 3/22/17)

According To U.S. Customers And Border Protection Data, Apprehensions At The U.S.-Mexico Border In March 2017 Were The Lowest In 17 Years. "U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show that in March 2017 agents made 12,193 apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border. It is the lowest number in at least 17 years, according to monthly southwest border apprehension numbers since fiscal year 2000." (Miriam Valverde, "Is Illegal Immigration The Lowest In 17 Years As Trump Said?" Politifact , 4/25/17)

TRUMP IS TARGETING VIOLENT GANG MEMBERS

Immigration And Customs Enforcement Is Taking Action Against Dangerous Gang Members

The Trump Administration Has Focused On "Stopping The Spread" Of MS-13 In The United States. "President Donald Trump and his top immigration enforcers have begun to focus their attention on the deadly MS-13 gang, saying the administration's hardline immigration policies are focused on stopping its spread in the US." (Tal Kopan, "MS-13 Is Trump's Public Enemy No.1, But Should It Be? CNN , 4/29/17)

Thus Far In 2017, ICE Has Removed Over 2,700 Criminal Gang Members, Compared To 2,057 In All Of Fiscal Year 2016. "So far in fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members in all of fiscal year 2016." ("Fact Sheet: Donald J. Trump And Attorney General Sessions Stand Up Against Lawless Sanctuary Cities," The White House , 8/16/17)

During An 11-Day Sweep Operation, ICE Arrested 114 Individuals In Violation Of U.S. Immigration Laws, Including 82 With Convicted Criminal Histories Including Sex, Drug, And Fraud Crimes And 15 Others With Pending Criminal Charges Such As Assault, Larceny, And Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor. "An Ecuadorian citizen who was illegally in the United States and had been convicted of rape was among 114 people arrested during an 11-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in New York, the agency said Tuesday. ICE said the sweep, which ended Saturday, targeted fugitives and people who have violated U.S. immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported. Of those arrested during the operation, 82 people had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and fraud, while 15 others had pending criminal charges, including assault, larceny and sexual exploitation of a minor." ("ICE Arrests 114 In New York Operation Targeting Fugitives, Illegal Immigrants," Fox News , 7/26/17)

In June, ICE And The Department Of Homeland Security Investigations Of New York Announced The Launch Of "Operation Matador" Which Is A Combined Effort To Combat The Proliferation Criminal Gang Activity In New York City. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, along with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), announced their recent launch of Operation Matador and the DHS Transnational Organized Crime Initiative (DHS TOCI), which represents a unified effort dedicated to combat the proliferation of MS-13 and other transnational criminal gang activity in the New York City metropolitan area, including Long Island." (Press Release, "Operation Matador Nets 39 MS-13 Arrests In Last 30 Days," United States Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/14/17)

  • Operation Matador Led To The Arrests Of 45 "Confirmed Gang Members," Including 39 Members Of MS-13. "A total of 45 individuals were arrested during this ongoing enforcement effort, all of which were confirmed as gang members and affiliates - including 39 affiliated with MS-13, two with the Sureños, one with the 18th Street Gang, one with the Latin Kings, one with Los Niños Malos and one with Patria." (Press Release, "Operation Matador Nets 39 MS-13 Arrests In Last 30 Days," United States Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/14/17)

In May 2017, ICE Arrested 188 At-Large Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Immigration Fugitives During A Five-Day Operation In California. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's fugitive operations officers arrested 188 people from 11 different countries in California during a five-day operation. The people were arrested in the Los Angeles area, and the operation focused on at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives, ICE said Thursday. Most of those targeted had prior convictions for drug offenses or drunk driving. Fifteen had been convicted of sex crimes, and another 27 for domestic violence, according to ICE." (Melissa Quinn, "Ice Arrests Nearly 200 Immigrants In California," The Washington Examiner , 5/25/17)

In May 2017, Federal And Local Law Enforcement Conducted A Pre-Dawn Sweep Across Los Angeles Targeting MS-13 Members. "Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street gang MS-13." ("Notorious MS-13 Gang Targeted In Pre-Dawn Sweep Across Los Angeles," The Associated Press , 5/17/17)

  • The Sweep Resulted In The Indictment Of 44 Members And Associates Of The Gang, Including The Former Leader Of The Los Angeles Faction. "Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra Brown said the anti-racketeering indictment targets 44 members and associates of the gang, including the one-time leader of a Los Angeles faction of MS-13." ("Notorious MS-13 Gang Targeted In Pre-Dawn Sweep Across Los Angeles," The Associated Press , 5/17/17)

In March 2017, ICE Began A Six-Week Nationwide Sweep Targeting Suspected Gang Members And Transnational Criminal Activity. "The operation, which ran from March 26 through May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering." (Brooke Singman, "ICE Arrests 1,378 Suspected Gang Members In Largest Sweep To Date," Fox News , 5/11/17)

  • Totaling 1,378 Arrests, This Was The Largest Gang Sweep Conducted By ICE To Date. "The Trump administration has concluded a six-week nationwide sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests - the largest such gang sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date." (Brooke Singman, "ICE Arrests 1,378 Suspected Gang Members In Largest Sweep To Date," Fox News , 5/11/17)
  • Of Those Arrested, The Majority Were Confirmed Gang Members And Affiliates, Including 104 Individuals Associated With MS-13. "Of the total arrests, the majority (1,095) were confirmed gang members and affiliates, including 104 associated with MS-13. A spokeswoman for the Embassy of El Salvador said none of the suspected gang members detained during the recent operations described in the news release has been deported yet." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "President Trump's Claim That MS-13 Gang Members Are Being Deported 'By The Thousands," The Washington Post , 6/26/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CRACKED DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES THAT REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW

President Trump Is Taking Action To End The Lawlessness Of Sanctuary Cities

While Running For President, Candidate Donald Trump Promised To Work With Congress To End Sanctuary Cities And Deny Them Access To Federal Taxpayer Dollars. DONALD TRUMP: "We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths, cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist Federal authorities." (Donald J. Trump, Remarks At Campaign Rally , Phoenix, AZ, 8/31/16)

During His First Week In Office, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Prohibiting Sanctuary Jurisdictions From Receiving Federal Grant Funding. "According to the executive order, dubbed 'Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,' cities that do not comply with federal immigration enforcement agents 'are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.' It also notes that the director of the Office of Management and Budget will be responsible for obtaining and providing 'relevant and responsive information on all Federal grant money that currently is received by any sanctuary jurisdiction.'" (Priscilla Alvarez, "Trump Cracks Down On Sanctuary Cities," The Atlantic , 1/25/17)

In Response To President Trump's Threat To Withhold Federal Funds, Miami-Dade County Dropped Its Sanctuary Status. "The Miami-Dade County Commission rejected emotional pleas from residents Friday and voted to become the first county in the nation to drop its 'sanctuary' status by agreeing to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. The commission voted 9-3 to adopt the resolution, citing worries about President Trump's threat to withhold federal funding from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants." (Alan Gomez, "Miami-Dade Commission Votes To End County's 'Sanctuary' Status," USA Today , 2/17/17)

 


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